MAAC Transport Canada Exemption
February 25th 2023 MAAC members received a notice that the Transport Canada Exemption, which allowed us to fly model aircraft under MAAC rules, had been revoked. If you have not read the notice, it is available as a PDF by clicking this link.
As of the notice, all flying of model aircraft in Canada must be done under the Canadian Aviation Regulations, Part IX. While the MAAC Executive has begun an appeal process, the PDQ Executive worked quickly to determine the fastest way to reopen the field and return our members to flying. Currently, the only way to do that is for our members to fly under the Part IX regulations.
The RPAS section of our website is built to help you navigate through the new regulations and get you flying. The backbone for the information presented here was collected by the webmaster as he went through the process.
Note: RPAS stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System. I will use RPAS, aircraft and model-aircraft interchangeably. I am presuming when you see any of those terms, you understand I mean a remotely piloted fixed wing, helicopter, multi-rotor, or any other flying object we typically enjoy at our field.
Flying without an RPAS Pilot Certificate
You can fly at the PDQ field with just your MAAC license and your PDQ membership, if you meet one of the following categories:
- Flying a control-line aircraft
- Flying a model aircraft with a take-off weight of 250g or less
ALL other flying
Model aircraft (RPAS) weighing between 250g and 25kg can be flown at the PDQ field if each of the following conditions are met:
- PDQ Member
- MAAC Member
- Basic Pilot Certificate (number on file with PDQ)
- Following all TC Part IX Regulations